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PALLADIO, Andrea (1508--1580)
[Fabbriche antiche. ca. 1735?]
Fabbriche antiche disegnate da Andrea Palladio Vicentino e date in luce da Riccardo Conte di Burlington.
Londra 1730 [i.e. ca. 1735?].
engr. title-pl., engr. pref., [24] pl. (16 double) printed in bistre ; 50.5 cm. (2°)

Entirely printed in bistre to reproduce the colour of Palladio's original drawings acquired in Italy by Lord Burlington in 1719 from descendants of the family who owned the Palladian Villa Maser in Venice. Although bearing the date 1730 on the title-plate, the the plates (engraved by P. Fourdrinier from copies of Palladio's drawings made by Isaac Ware) were not completed until around 1732 and copies were probably first issued around 1735 (see BAL). The work was probably never formally published. Estimates of the print run range between 20 and 100 copies probably only circulated privately as gifts by Burlington, who may have continued to regard it as a "work in progress" in the hope that Palladio's lost original text might still be discovered. The plates were copied for Bertotti Scamozzi's new edition which first appeared with descriptive notes in Italian and French in 1785 (q.v.). ESTC t35115; Harris and Savage 669; Millard I, 52; BAL, Early printed books, no. 2397; C.I.S.A. Andrea Palladio, La raccolta palladiana Guglielmo Cappelletti del Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio di Vicenza (Vicenza 2001), no. 41; Fowler 227.

Copy Notes Prices inscribed on second front free-endpaper in pencil in various hands £10:- / £5:5:0 / £9.9.-, and in the hand of the bookseller Thomas Boone 42 plates Russia binding =s14=, i.e. folio in russia purchased for 14s. from Thomas Boone, 17 November 1812. (Archives 16/12/45). Inscribed in ink on verso of first front free-endpaper A la vente du General Dormer, faitte a Londres en 1764 and in a different French hand Le portrait et la preface 2 planches / 16 planches doubles ... 32/ 8 simples dont 7 profils 8/ / 42/ above early shelfmark I 6-12. Inscribed in ink on rear free-endpaper Ob.Rr. This copy was evidently bound by Burlington (for a description of a similarly bound copy see Weinreb 2:102) and presented by him to General James Dormer of Rousham who died in December 1741. Plates [5] and [7] are inscribed in pencil with captions in a French (?) hand.

Binding C18th diced russia, elaborate triple gilt-tooled borders, gilt-panelled spine, black spine-label, marbled endpapers.

Reference Number 2939


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